Legislative Advocacy

January 23, 2017

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AWC’s priority bill to restore city and county liquor revenue to be heard in House committee. More

Bill penalizes cities for restricting marijuana stores advances. More

FCC threatens to limit local land use authority on wireless siting. Comment deadline is March 8. NLC requests information on your siting process by January 27. More

Inside advice from Legislators who’ve been in your shoes
Last week nearly 90 mayors, managers and administrators heard a bit of “straight talk” from legislators who once served as a local government elected official. While they reminded us of some basics, they also addressed valuable points about working as part of a nonpartisan council/commission, and that it can sometime take years to make large gains. More

Modernizing the Public Records Act
Local governments work hard to comply with the Public Records Act (PRA), a key component of open, transparent government. We must protect the law and modernize it to keep up with changing technology. Find out what legislators need to know and how you can help. More

Use our updated Strong Cities Pocket Guide to shape how your city advocates
Throughout the legislative session, it is critical that city officials consistently communicate with legislators and tell them that strong cities are essential to a great state. We gave mayors attending last week’s Mayors Exchange five ideas about how they can use our newest pocket guide to inspire their city’s advocacy efforts – but any elected official can follow these steps and champion city issues. More

Need copies of the pocket guide? Access it online or contact Regina Adams to have them mailed to your city.

City officials are encouraged to attend town hall meetings
Your legislators may be holding town hall meetings soon. Look for information on your legislators’ websites.

On Sunday, January 29, Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), and Reps. Gael Tarleton (D-Seattle), Noel Frame (D-Greenwood) will hold a town hall meeting at Ballard High School from 1:30 – 3 pm. More

Budget & finance
All cities with lodging tax expenditures must report to JLARC by March 15. More

Economic development
Bill to promote tourism would divert funds from transportation account. AWC supports funding for a much-needed Tourism Authority that does not divert funds away from important local transportation needs. More

AWC supports bill that would allow Public Facilities Districts to invest in expansion, rehabilitation and improvement of regional centers. More

Environment & land use
A significant bill aimed at addressing affordable housing and homelessness would have significant implications for cities. We need your input and continued involvement. More

Bills aimed at addressing implications of Hirst case on water resource management to be subject of public hearing. More

Ecology proposes increase in barrel fee to support oil spill prevention activities including new efforts aimed at potential spills from oil trains. More

Bill attempts to overturn recent state Supreme Court decision on vesting of stormwater regulations. Does this proposed fix just create more problems? More

Multiple marijuana bills dropped in House and Senate. AWC’s position on each bill varies. More

Hearings scheduled this week on new employee protections and workers’ compensation reform bills. More

Public safety & criminal justice
Bill would change civil asset forfeiture law and impact law enforcement efforts statewide. More

At the beginning of long legislative sessions, AWC is invited to give presentations to House and Senate Transportation Committees on city transportation funding and needs. Presentations happened last week. More


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